What is Pain and Suffering?
Pain and suffering is an element of damages that an injured person seeks from the person causing the injury. Pain and suffering is usually not available in breach of contract cases, disability cases, or property insurance cases.
- The loss of enjoyment of life
What Kinds of Things Does "Pain and Suffering" Include?
- Past and Future Pain and Suffering – This includes any past and future physical pain, mental anguish, discomfort, inconvenience, and stress.
- Embarrassment and Humiliation – This covers anything caused by the accident that could leave the victim feeling ashamed of their injuries, such as burns, paralysis, and amputation.
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life – This compensation is for victims who have lost enjoyment of the pleasures of life due to the accident.
- Disfigurement – This represents any scars or permanent damage caused by an accident or the surgery necessary to treat the car accident injuries.
- Loss of Consortium— The spouse of an injured victim can receive money for what is known as Loss of Consortium, which means that they've lost companionship and the ability to be close to their husband or wife.
How is Compensation for Pain and Suffering Calculated?
- Your age
- The type of injury you suffered
- And how your injury affects your life—including how it has impacted your ability to socialize, enjoy hobbies, and complete household chores and other everyday activities.
At the end of the day, if you are like most people, there's nothing you wouldn't give to have your old, pre-injury life back again. Unfortunately, we cannot unwind the clock. Compensation for pain and suffering, however, attempts to make up for the many hardships you have to endure.
This is something we consider in every case and in advising you on an acceptable settlement or demand amount, both before and during litigation.
We hope this helps you understand how these damages are considered in your case. If you have questions, please give us a call at 985-240-9773.
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